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Thoughts on Apple’s New Face ID

Director, Security, Privacy, and Compliance

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Security is an evolutionary process. But a few common factors will always undermine it.

Enter Frictionless Technology

Frictionless tech can be defined as technology experiences that remove time consuming processes. Liberating us to use the technology, without thinking about it.

This is what made Uber successful – not necessarily coming up with new tech, but stitching together existing technologies and making the experience seamless, particularly when it came to payment. I don’t have to think about it. I don’t want to think about it. I simply want to trust that it just works.

Frictionless Security

I’ve been playing with the iPhone X for a week now, and I can say that the new Face ID feature is an evolution in frictionless security. The concept is not new, but the implementation of the technology in the iPhone X is so seamless that it just works, with no effort on my part. And that is HUGE.

I hold a lot of personal information on my phone (as do most of us), and now that information is tied to me in previously impossible ways. Unlocked by me looking at my phone. The lock screen default configuration is more secure than other phones (nosy people can no longer read messages from my lock screen, yet I can), and the user experience of unlocking apps by just looking at my phone is much easier than any other option out there. Face ID just made the default option easier to use and more secure.

No doubt others realize the improvement in mobile security that Face ID provides. In the next couple of years I only expect to see more and more manufacturers heading in this direction, and more apps integrating with Face ID or similar technologies. It won’t solve all of our problems, and there are limitations, but it raises the bar, and we all win when that happens.

Maybe one day the password 123456 will no longer be on the top 10 list.

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Ghaith Chukfeh

Ghaith has been in tech for 10 years, and made the jump from infrastructure management to information security. He is passionate about security and privacy, and enjoys observing the impact of technology on law and regulation and vice versa. He's a firm believer in automation and loves security tools that aren’t just blinky lights.

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